Target CIO resigns following breach

The retailer announces the resignation after data breaches affecting up to 110 million people

Target CIO Beth Jacob has resigned following a data breach at the retailer that may have affected as many as 110 million U.S. residents.

Jacob's resignation was reported by the Associated Press Wednesday. She has been CIO at Target since 2008, and is former director of guest contact centers and vice president of guest operations at Target. She earned a bachelor's degree in retail merchandising from the University of Minnesota in 1984 and a masters of business administration in 1989.

In mid-December, Target reported a data breach that compromised 40 million credit and debit card accounts from late November to mid-December. ID thieves compromised the retailer's point-of-sale system, according to reports.

In January, the company reported a theft of additional personal information from up to 70 million customers.

Target is overhauling its information security practices, Gregg Steinhafel, the company's chairman, president and CEO, said in a statement. Target is searching for an interim CIO to help guide the company "through this transformation," he said.

In addition, Target is elevating its CISO role and hiring for that position and for a chief compliance offer, he added. The company has hired Promontory Financial Group "to help us evaluate our technology, structure, processes and talent as a part of this transformation," he said.

Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for The IDG News Service. Follow Grant on Twitter at GrantGross. Grant's email address is grant_gross@idg.com.

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